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“Gender Revolution” screening on Monday, June 12!

In lieu of our regular PFLAG meeting, we will be gathering on Monday, June 12th at our regular time (6:30pm) for a free and family-friendly screening of the documentary “Gender Revolution.” Everyone is invited, kids included!

This engaging film, released earlier this year, was created by National Geographic to address the question “what is gender?” Katie Couric travels across the country, interviewing people of all ages, races, ethnicity, and nationalities in order to broaden our understanding of the vastly diverse world of gender identity. Topics tackled include the difference between gender identity and expression, trans discrimination and hate crimes, HB2, and intersexuality.

To view the trailer and to watch bonus scenes and clips from “Gender Revolution,” head on over to http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/gender-revolution-a-journey-with-katie-couric/.

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NOTE: We will meet at Time Out Youth in NoDa — T.O.Y. does not move into their new digs until July.

More exciting news for T.O.Y.!

Time Out Youth has made the newspaper again, and we couldn’t be happier for them!

The Charlotte Observer recently reported that Howard Levine, former CEO of Family Dollar, and his wife have issued a $100,000 matching grant to support T.O.Y. as it expands into its new location on Monroe Road. They are asking that other donors rise to the challenge to meet that amount.

This gift officially puts Time Out Youth over the halfway point in their fundraising efforts. The Kleins donation joins other generous contributions from organizations like Myers Park Baptist Church which recently donated $100,000 to the youth center.

Time Out Youth is set to move into their new location at 3800 Monroe Road this month.

To read the original article, click here.

LGBT+ reading recommendations

At our most recent PFLAG meeting, conversation about LGBT-inclusive books came up, prompting the desire among some of our members for a list of reading recommendations. Although it isn’t exhaustive, we’ve started to make that list here and will be adding to it as new titles are brought to our attention.

YA Fiction
Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Ask the Passengers
by A.S. King
I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
Gracefully Grayson
by Ami Polonsky
Guardian of the Dead
by Karen Healey

Non-Fiction
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gay vs. Christian Debate by Justin Lee
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julia Sondra Decker
This Book is Gay by James Dawson
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

If you have any recommendations of your own, please leave a comment with the title and author below!

May updates

Our monthly meeting will take place tomorrow evening (Monday, May 8) at 6:30 pm at Time Out Youth’s location on North Davidson Street.

We are excited to welcome Betsy Thompson, program coordinator of mental health services for Teen Health Connection, as our guest speaker this Monday night at 6:30 pm. Betsy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (or LPC) as well as a licensed school counselor who has been working with adolescents in a variety of settings for over 10 years. She will be speaking to us about Teen Health tomorrow evening with a focus on the work that the organization does to support the LGBT+ community.

If you are looking for something to do between now and tomorrow night, we encourage you to read Connie Norris’ thoughtful article written for the May edition of Mecklenburg Medicine about her frustrations as the parent of a young transgender child having to deal with the ignorance of a family physician. The piece also discusses the work that PFLAG Charlotte has done to educate the local medical community through its Healthcare Outreach Campaign in partnership with MCMS Child Health Committee.

May administration changes

It is with both sadness and excitement that we see an administration change this month. Diane Troy, our chapter president for the past 5 years, is stepping down and our vice president, Ashley Nurkin, will be taking her place. Diane will continue to be an active part of our group, and although we will miss her stalwart leadership, we are excited to welcome Ashley to this new post in which we are sure she will excel.

Click the “read more” link below to read Diane’s farewell address, and make sure to attend this Monday’s meeting to express your thanks for her time served.

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WUNC releases documentary about HB2

WUNC, Chapel Hill’s public radio station, produced a radio documentary about the history of HB2 in North Carolina which aired on March 24th. If you missed the original airing, you can still listen to the program for free online at http://wunc.org/topic/state-divided-hb2-and-transgender-rights#stream/0. Also on that website are some interesting reports on the various effects that HB2 has had on our state including the economic, the legal, and political impacts of the bill.

It’s been a year since House Bill 2 advanced through the North Carolina General Assembly. The law requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate. The so-called bathroom bill is an intersection of gender identity, religion, politics and power. “A State Divided: HB2 and Transgender Rights,” takes a look at the unintended consequences this complicated chapter in North Carolina history continue to present.

Reporters: Jess Clark, Jason deBruyn, Rusty Jacobs, Jeff Tiberii, Jorge Valencia
Music: Robin Copley
Photos: Matt Couch, AP
Editors: Elizabeth Baier, Dave DeWitt, Brent Wolfe
Host & Executive Producer: Elizabeth Baier

Belated updates from PFLAG Charlotte

Many apologies to our readers — the blog fell behind last month, but we’re back and ready to report on our PFLAG goings-on. Welcome to March!

Last month, we were proud to host Stephen Ratliff as our guest speaker. Stephen is a PFLAG board Charlotte board member and the head of our group’s faith community outreach planning team this year. His experience as a local pastor, his knowledge of Christian theology, and his personal anecdotes about learning to be an ally through his love of his gay son were inspirational. As an organization, we’re very excited to grow our connection with faith organizations in the area, and we’re already putting plans together for how we want to reach out to local churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious institutions in 2017. If you’d like to join in our efforts, send us a comment or visit us at our next meeting!

Congratulations to our friends at Time Out Youth: they recently received a generous donation from a member of the Belk family for $1.5 million! This gift fulfills about half of what they need to make their new outreach location and LGBT+ shelter a reality. We hope this is only the first of many such donation to come! You can read more about the donation and what it means for T.O.Y. here.

Finally, we hope you’ll come out and join us tonight for our March meeting. We’ll be at Time Out Youth at 6:30, and as always, all are welcome!